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Jews beaten, bodies, crowd (Lwow); soldiers' corpses after Russian massacre

Film | Accession Number: 1991.260.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0328 | Film ID: 202B

Exhumation of victims of the NKVD in Brygidki prison in Lviv in the summer of 1941. Laying out the bodies of officers and soldiers. Crowd gathered around bodies. (VQ, very soft, dark) Women poking at bodies which are being laid out in the courtyard, sweeping them clean? Woman running after and beating a man in the crowd. Soldiers pull her back and comfort her. Woman keening. A Ukrainian militiaman, recognizable by his armband, beating a Jewish man in Brygidki prison in Lviv. This was during the "prison action" of the Lviv pogrom of 1941. Many bodies laid out in foundation of building/basement.

05:09:06 Scene change; different location. Pan around to bodies, some clothed, some with clothes partially torn off. Visible at edge of frame is a German/Nazi cameraman. LS, bodies strewn everywhere. MLS corpse with face shot off. Hat on the ground; suspenders showing. Bullet holes in the wall. Streaks of blood? LS, town, building facades with bullet holes and chips. Buildings burnt out. A field of wheat blowing in the wind, tanks upended. Everything twisted and ruptured (good quality). Awful/graphic footage of the corpses of young men. Grass ripples. Open fort on the coast? Snow flutters around. Cannons (good depth, a bit yellowy). Old, exhumed bodies laid out in sand in neat rows. Snow in rivulets. Covered in sand. Shown from four angles. Slow graceful CU pan beginning at the bare foot of a soldier (corpse). Light comes into room. Two Russian soldiers carry stretcher with a body.

Event:  1941/1942
Baltic region
Soviet Union
Lviv (Lvov), Poland
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:44:09
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